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NEWS: 02-03-2014


School of Education 2014-2015 Scholarship Application Now Available online

Faculty and Staff, please let your students know they can apply for a School of Education scholarship from February 1, 2014 to April 1, 2014.

An email will also go out to all current education students inviting them to apply.

All scholarship recipients will be notified by email by August 1st.

Scholarships are awarded based on merit, financial need, and other specific criteria for each scholarship. Priority is given to students with a 3.0 GPA and who have already been admitted or will have applications pending admission to the School of Education.

Freshman through Graduate students are invited to apply:


Coffee Talk with Dean Wixson – Tuesday, February 4

The next Coffee Talk with Dean Wixson is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, February 4 from 10-11am in Room #301 SOEB. All faculty and staff are invited to attend this open discussion session.


Upcoming ERM Faculty Candidate Colloquiums – Wednesday, February 5

The ERM department will be hosting an upcoming faculty candidate colloquium with Dr. Jill Chouinard– please see the flyers for both presentations below for additional information.

View Dr. Jill Chouinard’s (Faculty Candidate) Colloquium Flyer


CSI Professional Development Talk – Wednesday, February 5

The Upsilon Nu Chi Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota in the CED department will be hosting a professional development talk on Wednesday, February 5 from 12-1pm in Curry room #231. AJ Hebard will be giving a talk on Queer and Trans* Issues in Counseling.


2014 SOE Research Symposium – Friday, February 14

Making a Difference: Using Research to Inform Educational Policy and Practice

Friday, February 14, 2014, 8:30am-1:30pm

UNCG School of Education Building, Room #114

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Join the UNCG School of Education (SOE) for a research symposium regarding faculty engagement with local school systems through research and the effect on educational policy and practice.

A panel discussion featuring state government and educational policy makers will discuss how research is utilized and ways that faculty can provide valuable resources for policy decisions.

Keynote speaker for the Symposium will by Dr. Paul LeMahieu, Vice-President of the Carnegie Foundation. School of Education faculty members Heidi Carlone, Craig Peck, and Rick Reitzug will be presenting examples of their most recent research projects.

Symposium is free and open to the public (registration required) – boxed lunch will be provided.

Please register your attendance to the symposium no later than Monday, February 10, 2014 by completing the Symposium Registration Form: 2014 Research Symposium Registration Form

For questions regarding the Research Symposium, please contact Terry Ackerman at or 336-334-3439, or visit the 2014 Research Symposium Event Page.

In the event of inclement weather, please check back to this page for notices regarding rescheduling or cancellations.


It Changed My View of the World: Spanish-Speaking Parents Reflect on a College Preparation Workshop – Wednesday, February 19

The Coalition of Diverse Language Communities and the SOE Faculty Access and Equity Committee will be sponsoring a discussion led by Dr. Laura Gonzalez (CED) entitled It Changed My View of the World: Spanish-Speaking Parents Reflect on a College Preparation Workshop on Wednesday, February 19 from 3-4pm in Room #401 SOEB. Dr. Gonzalez will share observations from facilitating a 6-week college access curriculum with Spanish speaking parents in a nearby school district. For additional information, please view the event flyer.


2014 SciREN Workshop – Thursday, February 20

The 2014 SciREN Workshop will take place at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores on Thursday, February 20th from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.

The Scientific Research and Education Network (SciREN) connects marine scientists with K-12 teachers. SciREN workshops provide an evening for scientists to interact with teachers in a relaxed environment. Teachers obtain classroom-ready exercises that help bring local research to the classroom while meeting NC Essential Standards.

For more information, please visit the website:


Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts Conference 2014 – Saturday, February 22

The 5th Annual Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts Conference will be held on Saturday, Feb 22 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  A great lineup of visual, performing and literary artists and others who work with artists will share secrets to success.   A capacity crowd of 375 participated last year, so get your tickets soon at


School Marketing Academy – Tuesday, February 24



Yopp Distinguished Speaker Series in Mathematics Education Research Talk – Tuesday, March 4

(from Vicki Jacobs, Kerri Richardson, and Holt Wilson)

The TEHE Mathematics Education Faculty are delighted to welcome Dr. Dorothy White to UNCG on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.  She will give two talks as part of the Yopp Distinguished Speaker Series in Mathematics Education — a research talk (11:00am – 12:30 pm) and a connecting-research-and-practice talk (5:00pm – 6:30 pm).  The afternoon talk is intended for the broader community so please invite interested educators from the community.  For more details about the talks, please view the event flyer here.

We hope that you will be able to join us for these events!


UNCG Think Tank Class Environmentally SANE Presents Chautauqua – April 2-4

(Message from Cathy Matthews)

I am teaching a UNCG Think Tank class called Environmentally SANE (Stoked About Natural Environments) with colleague Ann Somers in the Biology Department.  We are hosting a Chautauqua April 2nd – 4th, related to the environment in education.  Here is a link:

We have an amazing line up of speakers, including Stuart Pimm, world expert on extinction, talking about the State of the Planet and David Orr, world renowned thinker on environmental education, Jean Beasley of sea turtle hospital fame, and John Grim of Yale.  We are also hosting a scientific poster/art exhibit session, truly making this an interdisciplinary event, mingling the sciences and humanities.  Please help us spread the word.

Journey of the Universe / Journey of the University or What’s an Education For? 

The 2013-2014 UNCG Think Tank Class Ecologically SANE Presents: 

Spring 2014 Chautauqua at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro 

Luminaries include:

  • Stuart Pimm, Duke University
  • John Grim, Yale University
  • Jean Beasley, Hero of the Planet and Ocean
  • David Orr, Oberlin College
  • UNCG Students of the Think Tank Class Ecologically SANE

Please view the event flyer and invitation to exhibit artist displays.


Triad Teacher Researcher Conference – Wednesday, April 30, 2014

(message from Amy Vetter)

This is a friendly reminder to talk to your students (undergraduate, graduate, and former) about the Triad Teacher Researcher Conference on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. We welcome presentations from all fields related to education. This is a great opportunity for undergraduates, graduates, or former students to present inquiry projects to other educators and attend informative sessions.

Conference proposals are due on February 17. Visit our website for details:

Please note that if you require your class to go to the conference, we will not charge your students the conference fee. All presenters attend the conference free as well.

Please share this flyer  with students and faculty. If you have any questions, please email Amy Vetter at



Next SOE Book Club Read

The next book club read will be The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri. Discussion date TBD.  Information on the book can be found at here.


2014 SOE Commencement Ceremony – Event Information Available Online

The 2014 School of Education Commencement Ceremony is scheduled to take place on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 6:00pm at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center. Spring and Summer Semester 2014 graduates will receive an email with additional details and instructions on registering for the Ceremony. Information on the Ceremony can now be found on the SOE website: 2014 SOE Commencement Ceremony


Student Speakers for SOE Commencement

We are currently seeking nominations for student speakers for the 2014 SOE Commencement ceremony. Please submit names of nominated student speakers to Rachel Williams at Students should submit proposed remarks no later than Wednesday, April 2 to Rachel Williams at Remarks for student speakers should be no longer than 600 words in length (max).

Teaching Fellows Save the Date


Summer Leadership Conference – June 22-25

Click here to view Summer Leadership Conference Flyer


UNCG Young Writers’ Camp – July 14-25, 2014

The UNCG Young Writers’ Camp, a two-week camp in its third year, is for students in grades 3-12. It will be offered July 14-July 25, 2014, in the UNCG School of Education Building. Campers will create 21st century texts using digital tools such as storyboarding, blogging, and movie-making during this two-week camp experience. The camp introduces young writers to the writing process, unlocks strategies of professional writers, and supports a variety of writing styles. Visit for registration and additional information.


Teacher Education Faculty Professional Learning Community

Through Project ENRICH, we are establishing a faculty professional learning community around facilitating teacher candidate use of technology in teaching. The group is open to full time faculty, adjunct faculty and advanced graduate students who teach in the initial licensure programs. Participants will set their own individual goals to develop an activity or assignment for their courses that enhances candidate use of technology in teaching (either online teaching or face-to-face using technology). Participating faculty will contribute to the School of Education online repository of resources for teaching with technology.  Those who participate regularly will be eligible to receive a stipend, money to purchase technology needed for the activities that they develop, and travel funds to present on their work at conferences such as ISTE or Lilly.  If interested, please contact Christina O’Connor at


Teaching With Technology

Teaching with Technology—Several efforts to continue professional development for teaching with technology were put in place during Fall term following on the August retreat on this topic.  These include:


Any SOE faculty member with questions or projects that involve teaching and learning with technology can contact us for one-on-one consultations and departmental presentations. Complete the request form and a member of the instructional technology staff will contact you to schedule a meeting.

Self-Directed Training

Self directed trainings are open to faculty to start at any time. Training modules will be accessed via Blackboard.

Hands-on Training

On the fourth Tuesday of each month a one-hour hands-on workshop will be offered to help faculty and staff utilize technology for teaching and learning. New instructional technology topics will be featured each month. Google Docs is the topic for January 28th. This training will be an overview of the Google Docs web-based productivity tools. You will learn creative ways to communicate and collaborate with students or colleagues. There will be demonstrations and hands-on practice with online documents, spreadsheets, forms, and presentations. Signup

Please contact Sandra Bates-Hart ( with questions about technology training.


SOE Technology Orientation Available Online

For an overview of technology services and resources available to faculty and staff in the SOE and campus, click on the School of Education Technology Orientation.



The following members of the Department of Counseling and Educational Development were recognized at the North Carolina Counseling Association (NCCA) conference at Pinehurst this week:

  • Dr. Scott Young received the North Carolina Counseling Association (NCCA) Administrator of the Year Award.
  • Dr. Laura Gonzalez received the North Carolina Counseling Association (NCCA) Professional Research Award.
  • Bradley McKibben received the North Carolina Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (NCACES) Outstanding Doctoral Student Award.


Laura Gonzalez, Erik Hines, DiAnne Borders (all CED), and Ericka Gonzalez from the Office of Leadership and Service Learning have received funding from GEAR UP to conduct a leadership camp for 30 rising 8th graders during Summer 2014. GEAR UP serves school districts with high financial need and seeks to create a college-going environment for students regardless of their backgrounds or resources. The UNCG camp will have a social justice theme, including visits to the Civil Rights Museum in downtown Greensboro, and speakers from Guilford College, NC A&T, and UNCG who will describe examples of leadership in the civil rights movement. In addition, the camp will incorporate college access and college readiness activities for the students as well as a workshop for their parents on the last day of the camp.


Bree Jimenez (SES) recently published the following journal article:


  • Jimenez, B. A., Lo, Y., & Saunders, A. (2014). The additive effects of scripted lessons plus guided notes on science quiz scores of students with intellectual disabilities and autism. Journal of Special Education. 47,231-244doi:10.1177/0022466912437937

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